Both parties give the first take on important topics
By Amy Hickcox
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Political leaders from both parties met Jan. 5 at the General Assembly Leadership in Advance of 2016 Session event, hosted by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, to discuss their expectations for key issues in the 2016 legislative session.
Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst and Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman, both Democrats, and House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso and Senate President Pro Tem Ellen Roberts, Republicans, also gave their opinions on key issues such as improving transportation, affordable housing and the oil and gas industry.
Transportation & Hospital Provider Fee
Funding transportation has become an important topic in Colorado. Hullinghorst and Guzman both voiced the option of using the Hospital Provider Fee — which currently funds federal health programs, such as Medicaid — under TABOR to earn more funding for statewide transportation.
According to Democrats, the Hospital Provider Fee should be moved out from under TABOR as a short-term solution to help fund the improvement and installation of statewide transportation. The fee is paid by hospital providers and is then matched by the federal government. Guzman mentioned that using this could help fund roads, bridges and improve infrastructure.